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by Tony Lee editor of Pigasus Press

Tom Cruise - show us the money!

Not meaning this to be a slavering slice of polemic but... what does everyone have against Tom Cruise.
"Well, he makes $20 million dollars a film. And Scientology, well, that's wacko to the max. You just gotta hate him for that, right?" Well no, I refer the jealous, the doubter and naysayer to Tom's greatest cinematic journey - Rain Man. In films like The Firm, A Few Good Men, The Color Of Money, Born On The Fourth Of July, even Interview With The Vampire, Tom Cruise comes across as sincere and determined - he can handle the truth. Tom is loveable in the purely narrative sense, the believer with broad shoulders, who can carry you on a personal journey, guiding your emotions, allowing you to feel the raw adrenaline stink of well-manicured masculinity. Rain Man, however, felt like a much more authentic role for Tom. Tom the user, the over occupied. Tom the bullish businessman with no time for idiot savants. We have seen Tom interviewed at Cannes and at the Oscars and he comes across as a real affable sort of guy. Personable in a toothily smug way. This is hogwash of the highest order. No-one can bring himself up in this roughneck Hollywood fighting pit, if he doesn't have a streak of the ruthless about him. His role in Rain Man showed more of his real personality than I am sure even he would admit. Tom knows what he likes and he will do (almost) anything within his quite substantial power to get it. Look at how he terrorised Kubrick's veranda with his helicopter to get the role in Eyes Wide Shut. This guy deserves all he gets - he is ambition in the purely geometrical sense. He is balanced, physically alluring, dominating maybe, cocksure definitely. Personally, I think it is time for Tom Cruise to start making the sort of films that even more women (the Pretty Polly dollar) would flock to see, the Clark Gable or the Bad Lieutenant video nasties. He could pull it off, too. Some real, authentic, hardnut character like the one Roman Polanski adopted in Chinatown.
Tom Cruise you are above all a human being, show us the money!

Mike Philbin
visit Mike's website - redhedz

For an alternative viewpoint, read Tony Lee's article,
Bone Idle Idol - why I hate Tom Cruise

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